Iglu-Dorf, Zermatt

Posted March 29, 2013 by in Switzerland

Rating

Value
9.0


Location
9.0


Sleep Quality
6.0


Cleanliness
8.0


Service
7.0


Room
8.0


Total Score
7.8

7.8/ 10

Price: $340 to $1000 for two people.
 
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Pros:

The beautiful surroundings and the unconventional accommodation experience is really worth the price tag.
 

Cons:

Sleeping in an igloo is not for everyone. Although it gets warm and comfortable inside the sleeping bag, getting in and out of it is not a pleasant experience. For those who can't take the cold, an upgrade to a hot igloo is usually available on site.
 
Verdict

Overall we found the hotel to be very well arranged and the whole experience really interesting and fun. Sleeping in an igloo is one of those things you need to try once in your lifetime.

by Alberto Molero
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Right in the middle of the ski slopes of Zermatt and surrounded by spectacular views of the Alps and the imposing Matterhorn mountain, the Iglu-Dorf is not your conventional accommodation in Switzerland. Built from fresh snow each year, the Igloo Village is a hotel made of a mixture of snow and ice, with igloo-shaped rooms and white icy bars and lounge areas. In the day, it acts as an aprés-ski bar and by night, it’s converted into a frosty ice hotel.

For dinner, guests are served warm and rich cheese fondue and mint tea, usually followed by a comfortable dip in the open air jacuzzi. Short night snowshoeing excursions are also arranged before getting tucked in your warm and cosy sleeping bags for the night.

Our room was a standard igloo room. Besides the elevated platform where the thin mattresses and sleeping bags rested and a small hole for a battery-powered torchlight, the room was basically a hole in the snow. Not all rooms are this simple though, the romantic igloo suite for example features a snow masterpiece as a bedframe, its own ensuite warm toilet and even an open air hottub. The perfect setting for an authentic igloo experience.

Overall we found the hotel to be very well arranged and the whole experience really interesting and fun. Sleeping in an igloo is one of those things you need to try once in your lifetime.

Hot Igloo in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

Hot igloo with a view of the matterhorn

One of the Romantic Igloos in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

One of the romantic igloo rooms

Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

The igloos blend so well with their surroundings that they are often hard to spot

Romantic Igloo Suite in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

The romantic igloo suite was a snow masterpiece featuring its own ensuite warm toilet and open air hottub

Open Air Bar at Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

During the day, an open air bar and chill-out lounge is open for skiers and snowboarders

Common areas in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

Common area featuring an ice bar and multiple dinner tables and booths

Warm Room and Hottubs in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

The warm room and several open air hottubs can be enjoyed by every guest

Astronaut Snow Statue at Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

Snow art pieces can be found everywhere around the main igloo

Hot Igloo in Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

The hot igloos offer an escape from the chilly snow

The Ice Bar at Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

The Ice Bar

The Views at Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

Unparalleled views of the surroundings can be enjoyed everywhere around the facilities

Disclaimer: Our stay in Iglu-Dorf was sponsored, but all opinions expressed above are our own.


About the Author

Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. As an adventure junkie, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, ice-climbing excursions in Iceland and hiking expeditions in Australia. When he’s not traveling the world, he dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

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